Surprisingly delicious! This likely benefited from a couple of years in the cellar. Though still fruity and flavourful, there was some smoke and pepper that provided balance to what may earlier have been a jammy or overly fruity zin. Overall, balanced wine with smooth tannins, and a nice medium-to-long finish that made for easy drinking. I recommend letting your bottle sit for a couple of years to really enjoy it.
The '07 is particularly outstanding for the price. Strong peppery flavor. Nicely complex. Perfect balance of tanins. Ripe raspberry, cherry, vanilla. Extraordinary wine at this price point. Even better than the '05 & '06. Have had numerous wines for double or triple this price which don't drink this well.
Great as always. For the price, an amazing wine. One of our staple wines. Always have some in the cellar. If you like strong, bold red wines at a good price, this is one to get. See previous reviews on other years' vintages for more detail.
Very fruity nose, rich body, an array of fruits and vanilla on the palate, and a medium-length, sweet finish. Just too damn tasty to rate lower than a 90. This is really, really good for just $12 and one of those wines that I can't stop pouring more of after dinner is way over. I tried this wine about 9 months ago (not rated here), and I liked better today.
This was lush and welcoming. Berries, vanilla, cherry pie and a bit of sizzle spice to keep it honest. Not over the top but not lacking in weight either. A nice solid middle Zinfandel that anyone can drink. It lacks only sophistication but it's solid for the dollar.
At Boerne Wine Club tasting. Jammy zin. Notes of raisins, liquorice, and pepper on the nose. Bold palate with some intense sweetness, more raisins, and blackberries. Good concentration of flavors and decent finish with some hotness.
Discovering Wine: 7 Deadly Zins is a deep ruby wine with a medium body. The nose has leather, earth, oak and a hint of vanilla. In the mouth, this is a fruit bomb, with tastes of plum, blackberry pie, a hint of licorice and a peppery spiciness. The texture is typical of many Lodi zinfandels, smooth and soft. The finish is short to medium with blackberry, pepper and oak. Really nice rich fruit from the 80 year old vines.
Nose was similar both days, has concentrated red fruit, vanilla, pipe tobacco and cedar notes, alcohol apparent on day 1.
Day one the acidity and alcohol dominated the palate, along with some cedar notes on the back palate. Day 2 they became more balanced and the fruit was more apparent, along with some cedar and vanilla. Okay for the price, not as good as the '06.
It's interesting to note the individual scores for this wine are all over the place. I found the average to be right on the money.
Popped and poured ... A Classic California Zin profile with an unusually small price tag. Deep ruby color with some fruit and a spicy finish. Very clean and smooth, though definitely lacks complexity and backbone. Easy drinker. All in all, not amazing, but the best Zin I've had at this price point ($12/bottle), by quite a bit. Good value in an everyday drinker sort of wine.
Surprisingly, I preferred the 06. While well made, this Zin lacked character: it may just have too much oak and be picked too ripe to transmit any sense of varietal or place. Good for the money, but not great, as had been my expectation.
The nose and front-end fruit and floral on this was pleasant, not over-the-top, but expressive enough so that you looked forward to seeing what else this wine offered. The mid-palate was the weakest part of the wine, with no exceptional character, but I didn't expect much as I drink Zin for the subtle nose, front-end fruit and love the spicy/peppery finish. This wine did not disappoint. After trying a number of Zins priced between $12-20 and generally being disappointed, I finally have one that I would look forward to drinking. The good news is that this can be found everywhere.
I almost didn't rate this wine, as I see scores all over the place. I wonder if they have some variation within the vintage. I found it fruity w/ high EtOH and an over-ripe aroma. Mellowed to more drinkable over the next day. For $7.99 some may consider it a value, but I will keep looking.
Lots of cedar (almost like you're in a sauna) and sweet red fruit, along with a touch of spicy pepper. A decent table red, but after more than one glass, it becomes a bit too sweet. Good with food though.
Left open 30 min, opaque ruby color, slight vanilla and pepper nose, medium body with light tannins, short finish, nothing spectacular, simple zin that most will enjoy, might improve if paired with food, would drink again but probably won't repurchase at $17.
Deep, opaque purple appearance. A peppery nose with cherries, clove and vanilla and a touch of jerky. I get tons of vanilla with red fruit and a bit of spice. The tannins are nice which makes up for the extracted flavors.
A light black berry flavor with moderate tannens with a greater part of vanilla-ish oak (just shy of too much). This covers up the flavor of the grapes, which are supposedly old vine and more flavorful. Very dry, with a nice oaky finish. Bold enough to be good with hard cheeses
Huge cedar and smoke aromas on opening, but these calmed down after 3 hours of decanting. Still, cedar, smoke, raspberries, cherries and red plums on the nose, carrying through into the flavors, joined by spicy black pepper. Modest tannins and decent finish, but a little too sweet for my palate. Nonetheless, went perfectly with grilled Mediterranean herb-Dijon mustard encrusted lamb chops, and the wine was indeed a crowd pleaser, as noted in previous notes.
Aroma of Oak and plums. Opened the bottle had a glass and it was a touch "Hot" had another the next day and it was much smoother without so much spice. Great wine for parties for the price. I would suggest it decant for an hour or so before serving to make it more enjoyable
Really nice, a really spicey Zin that would sure be a crowd pleaser - Dark red, medium/full bodied with a nose of intense plum, brambly black fruit, spice and vanilla it was nicely balanced, a touch 'hot' (14.5% really?), nicely structured and most importantly really tasty, sweet on the palate with really good length, a nice treat (88 Points).
Sickly sweet, over-extracted wine with low acidity. Roasted, prune-y fruit that is simply way over the top. Sometimes I need a data point to remind me why these wines are not to my liking. I think I'm good for the next year or so. Gross. I think a (very) low 80s score would be generous.
Tastes of sweet plums and pepper dominate the nose, while flavors of blueberry, raspberry, cinnamon, and black pepper pack the palate from start to finish. Silky-smooth tannins hold the wine together and deliver a soft, fruit driven experience. Very nice! Cheers!
The theme of the notes from other reviewers capture it well. Quite similar to the '06 to my recollection. P&P. Very dark purply black in the glass, full+ body clings to the glass in port-like fashion. Nose of warm blackberry preserves, vanilla, baking spice. Fairly intense sweet black seed fruits on the tongue front to back, some noticeable boozy alcohol in the mid, and a ladle of blackberry and black cherry jam in the finish. Acid low, tannins very soft. Enjoyable if you're in the mood for a sweet Zin slurper or for pouring it over ice cream.
Lots of cherry, some tannin and strong legs so a bit hot. Usually really like this one but tonight not quite hitting the spot and I'm feeling it is a bit sweet. On the other hand I've got a scratchy throat and a stuffed up nose so my taste buds are probably off.
Inviting nose of spicy raspberry. Ample flavors of raspberry, blackberry, spice, and a strange flavor on the finish that I can only identify as "plastic-like." The flavor intensity doesn't come near to matching the nose. Balance is pretty good, but the finish is short.